Long montages, ridiculously forced romantic entanglements, and tired mentor/mentee relationship as the core of the film. Just like every other boot camp type military film, except not done nearly as well as most. Absolutely predictable at every stage of the film. The action sequences are just a bunch of darkness and yelling, without any compelling elements. Simply boring.
I much preferred "The Man Who Never Was", the 1956 movie dealing with the same secret operation. "Operation Mincemeat" is ruined, as usual, by the unnecessary and distracting "romantic" element that is routinely forced down the throats of movie audiences. So much more could have been done with the fascinating facts of this operation without the time wasted on the drivel.
I am not sure what audience this movie is meant for. The story and dialogue are very immature and cartoonish, indicative of a movie for kids. Yet, people are dying, maiming themselves and shooting themselves in the head. The sci-fi is minimalist and more comparable to a B-horror movie. None of the characters are particularly interesting and there is noone to root for.
This movie makes zero sense. There is absolutely no explanation as to why the lead character is drawn to this mystery, why everyone in the community is turning a blind eye, and why the mystery was so difficult to figure out in the first place. People are talking to the lead character for no apparent reason and people are assisting him for no apparent reason. The only mystery to this film is why it was made.
Did not every person who watched this movie know exactly how the story was going to unfold and how it would be presented in the film, even before the movie started? I don't mean because they knew the underlying story detail. This story was told just like every other whistleblower/crusading lawyer movie ever made. So predictable. Good acting and story. Still, just needed to read the summary to know the film in its entirety.